NUCLEAR PROGRAMME

  • Vladimir Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina July 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region. Argentina has been building nuclearpowered electricity plants to revive its nuclear programme and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels amid...
  • IAEA to get more access to India's nuclear programme June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India said on Monday it was ratifying an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to expand oversight of its civilian nuclear programme, in a move aimed at unblocking a major nuclear partnership with the United States. The ratification sends a strong signal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...
  • Iran's president appoints Valiollah Seif as the new head of central bank August 26, 2013

    Iranian state television says that the country's president has appointed a private banker as the head of the country's central bank. The report on Sunday said President Hasan Rouhani picked Valiollah Seif to run the country's financial regulator. It said Seif will replace outgoing central bank head Mahmoud Bahmani. Seif ran...
  • Oman's Sultan Qaboos on Tehran visit, US-Iran mediation in focus August 26, 2013

    Oman's Sultan Qaboos on Sunday began the first visit to Iran by a foreign leader since moderate President Hassan Rouhani took office and Iranian media said his trip might be an effort to mediate between Tehran and Washington. Oman, a Gulf Arab state that maintains unusually friendly ties with both the...
  • Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows to resolve nuclear row August 7, 2013

    Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday offered an olive branch to the United States in talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate. Rouhani, seen in the West as a relatively moderate leader, told his first news conference since taking the oath on Sunday...
  • Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows push to resolve nuclear row August 6, 2013

    Dubai: Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate. Rouhani, seen in the West as a relatively moderate leader, said he was...
  • For the first time US slaps sanction on Iran's currency June 4, 2013

    Washington: The US has slapped new sanctions on Iran for the third time in a week, targetting the country's alreadydevalued currency and automobile industry, as it pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear programme. This is the first time the US has directly targeted the Iranian currency as the sanctions include penalties...
  • Powers, Iran fail to end nuclear stalemate in Almaty talks April 7, 2013

    Almaty: World powers and Iran failed again to ease their decadeold dispute over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme in talks that ended on Saturday, prolonging a standoff that risks spiralling into a new Middle East war. The lack of a breakthrough in the twoday meeting in Kazakhstan aimed at easing international concern...
  • Obama faces Palestinian discontent on his Israel visit March 21, 2013

    Jerusalem: US President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood. Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant...
  • Obama talks tough on Syria, counsels patience with Iran March 21, 2013

    Jerusalem: President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to hold Syria to account if it used chemical weapons and assured Israel, in his first official visit to the Jewish state, of US resolve to curb Iran's nuclear programme. Obama came to Israel seeking to allay the security fears of Washington's closest ally...
  • India may cut oil import from Iran by 27 per cent March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: India may slash import of crude oil from Iran by as much as 27 per cent this fiscal because US and European sanctions have made it difficult to ship oil from the Persian Gulf nation. India may, in the financial year ending March 31, import just about 13 million...
  • US slaps additional sanctions on North Korea March 8, 2013

    Washington: Moving quickly after the UN Security Council passed an unanimous resolution against North Korea, the United States has slapped additional sanctions against the regime in Pyongyang, including three individuals involved in its proliferation programme. The three individuals are Mun Cho'ng-Ch'o'l, a Tanchon Commercial Bank (TCB) representative who served in...
  • World powers wait to hear Iran response to nuclear offer February 27, 2013

    Almaty: World powers hope Iran will respond positively on Wednesday to their new offer to lift some sanctions if Tehran scales back nuclear activity the West fears could be used to build bombs. But any hopes of a significant easing of the deadlock in the decade-old nuclear dispute were dented...
  • Iran says it has brought down a foreign spy drone February 24, 2013

    London: Iran's Revolutionary Guards have brought down a foreign surveillance drone during a military exercise, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said on Saturday. "We have managed to bring down a drone of the enemy. This has happened before in our country," the agency quoted war games spokesman General Hamid Sarkheli...
  • Iran says progress made in UN nuclear talks January 20, 2013

    Dubai: Iran said it had made some progress in resolving its disputes with the UN atomic watchdog, state media reported, even though the two sides' latest talks failed to seal a deal on letting inspectors visit a military site. The Islamic state and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met this...
  • UN nuclear watchdog, Iran fail again to reach deal January 19, 2013

    Vienna: UN inspectors and Iran failed again in talks this week to revive an investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Tehran, a setback for diplomatic efforts to resolve the atomic dispute with the Islamic Republic peacefully. Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on...
  • Iran says ready for nuclear flexibility October 14, 2012

    Tehran: Iran is ready to show flexibility at nuclear talks to ease Western concerns over its contentious nuclear program, its foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, as tensions rise in the standoff between the Islamic Republic, Israel and the West. The remarks by Ramin Mehmanparast, published by the official IRNA news...
  • Iran's president dismisses threats on nuclear program September 25, 2012

    New York: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed threats of military action against Iran's nuclear program, arguing that his country's project to enrich uranium is only for peaceful purposes and saying that Iran has no worries about a possible Israeli attack. Ahmadinejad spoke before a group of editors and news...
  • India should deprioritise nuclear energy September 1, 2012

    MV Ramana Age: 45 Designation: Researcher in Science and Global Security at Nuclear Futures Laboratory and Program, Princeton University; member of International Panel on Fissile Materials and Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Education: PhD in Physics, Boston University; IITKanpur; postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto and Center for International Studies,...
  • Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity: UN August 31, 2012

    Vienna: Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges it has in an underground bunker, a UN report said on Thursday, showing Tehran has continued to expand its nuclear programme despite Western pressure and the threat of an Israeli attack. As Israeli politicians increased their talk of air strikes on...
  • Will target US bases, Israel if attacked: Iran July 4, 2012

    Dubai: Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported on Wednesday, as Revolutionary Guards extended testfiring of ballistic missiles into a third day. Israel has hinted it may attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a...
  • EU ban on Iran oil pushes sanctions limits July 1, 2012

    Brussels: A European Union embargo on Iranian oil comes into effect on Sunday with Western governments hopeful economic pain will persuade Tehran to scale back its nuclear work but also mindful they are pushing against the limits of sanctions. Combined with new measures coming into force this week in the United...
  • Vladimir Putin praises Palestinian leader Abbas June 26, 2012

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for what he said was a "responsible" position on negotiations with Israel. Standing with President Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to the West Bank on Tuesday, Putin said: "We talked about ways of overcoming the dilemma of the IsraeliPalestinian peace process. "I...
  • Iran, Syria on agenda for Putin's Israel visit June 25, 2012

    Netanya: Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday urged visiting Russian President Valdimir Putin to take steps to avert the threat of a nucleararmed Iran and to stop the bloodshed in Syria. Putin's trip to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan is seen as an effort to increase Russia's clout in the...
  • Time running out for diplomacy with Iran: Clinton March 31, 2012

    Riyadh: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear on Saturday that time is running out for diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme and said talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would resume in midApril. With speculation over a possible US or Israel military attack adding urgency...
  • Gilani denies links with North Korea's Nprogramme March 26, 2012

    Seoul: Amid global concerns over Pakistan's track record on nuclear nonproliferation, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said his country had no links with North Korea's atomic programme. "There had been some disinformation and allegations during the past, but now it is a closed chapter that we have already denied,"...
  • Airlines group warns over rising oil prices March 20, 2012

    Geneva: The global aviation industry could run up losses of over USD 5 billion this year if oil prices spike by more than anticipated in light of the tensions building up over Iran's nuclear programme, the industry's trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, says it...
  • Iran doesn't fear bombs and warships: Ahmadinejad March 12, 2012

    Dubai: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a fresh tirade against the West, saying the Islamic Republic does not fear military action, Iranian media reported on Sunday. "The Iranian nation doesn't fear your bombs and warships and planes. Such weapons are worth nothing," the Fars News Agency quoted him as saying...
  • World powers agree Iran nuclear talks can resume March 7, 2012

    Tehran: Efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Iran's disputed nuclear program appeared to get a boost when world powers agreed to a new round of talks with Tehran, and Iran gave permission for inspectors to visit a site suspected of secret atomic work. The two developments appeared to counter...
  • Obama seeks to calm 'drumbeat of war' over Iran March 7, 2012

    Brussels: President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States 'will not countenance' Iran developing a nuclear weapon but pledged to take a sober approach to dealing with Tehran's nuclear programme. Obama said the announcement of sixpower talks with Iran offered a diplomatic opportunity to defuse the crisis. Amid mounting speculation that...